On Following the Titanic

Image from Wikipedia

Although everyone knows the its story is legendary, we were surprised how much we encountered the RMS Titanic on our recent cruise around the British Isles.

We visited Liverpool, the home of White Star Line and the location of Titanic’s registry.

Liverpool from the departing ship

We traveled on Princess Cruise Lines, which is one division within Carnival Cruise Lines – that includes Cunard Line, the company that White Star merged with following the disaster.

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We visited Belfast where the Titanic was built (the actual site is on this side of the silver building – Titanic Belfast, a museum dedicated to honoring Belfast’s shipbuilding industry that is located on the former Harland and Wolff shipyard that built Titanic)

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Our cruise started in Southampton, the same city that Titanic started.

We stopped in Cobh, Ireland (then called Queenstown) – which was Titanic’s last stop where 125 people boarded. (More about Cobh in a future post.)

Several years ago we had a cruise stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) where 150 passengers are buried in three cemeteries

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… and I imagine many readers remember this in 1997 …

… but for me, the images of this video is what strikes me.

24 thoughts on “On Following the Titanic

  1. That is a very powerful video! The hope for a better future lay in all those hearts – as it continues to now across the world. For even here we welcome refugees from the religious and political turmoil of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent and the Islands of the Pacific that are slowly sinking……. Despite our strange customs and odd language and insular culture, they come and slowly adapt to their new lives. It must be so hard for them, yet their children become Kiwis and add to the cultural diversity and richness of this land. The US is built on immigration, I hope it will continue to lead the way when this current madness ends.

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  2. All those people coming to Ellis Island with their hopes and dreams. Don’t you wonder what happened to all of those pictured? I had thought all my relatives arrived in Philadelphia, but I discovered that some did sail into New York.

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    • Merril,
      As one who isn’t too far removed from being “off the boat”, I do wonder about those faces. That’s one of the reasons this video touched me when I found it years ago. Sure glad I made the last-minute decision to add it to this post! … and cheers to rekindling the thoughts of your family history. 🙂 … A toast to immigrants in our families.

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    • Pam,
      Glad you enjoyed this and the video. Interesting bit about the video. I first heard the music on a classic music station … then searched for a music video on YouTube … BINGO … used it at least twice. Not being far from the boat, the video speaks to me.


  3. Like so many people, I think, I’m fascinated with the Titanic. My grandmother and her family came to the United States from Scotland also on the White Star Line about the same time as the Titanic and that’s always been a point of family interest. They were very wealthy and traveled much the way we’ve seen represented in the movies and photos of the Titanic passengers. Out of all the places you visited I think to see the final resting place of some of the victims would have moved me very much. Thank you for the very interesting video!

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    • Debra,
      Wow … your tie is extraordinary … so that makes you second generation here. Awesome! The faces in the video makes me wonder about their future – that is what happened? How did their risk-taking venture work out? Thanks for sharing your story!


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  5. The video is phenomenal. It reminded me of the exhibit I saw in Albany, New York titled ‘The Faces of Ellis Island’. It made me cry then and the video made me cry again. I’ve thought about why that happenes to me. I think it’s seeing the struggle my parents must have gone through as they went through Ellis Island. The dream of America …. it’s powerful.
    Isadora 😎


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